Class A into Class AB

What is the goal of a designer who makes intergrated amps that have class A for x amount of watts before it goes into class AB? Are there any examples of this being implemented well? I get this feeling that it’s kind of just a marketing thing...where people think they are getting some quality class A without the very high price tag. I was particularly looking at the CODA CSiB amps where you have three choices of how much of your first watts are class A. I have since found a few other respectable brands that implement this as well. I have yet to come across anyone who has heard much of difference between AB amps and one’s that’s state "first X amount of watts..." Class A/AB. Anyone have any experience with these kind of integrated amplifiers? Just looking for a little bit of understanding as I’m trying to upgrade my amplifier.

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another agreement with @tom6897. **Pure** class A is tons of money, heat for what amounts to very little benefit. High bias Class AB works great.  There are way better places to spend money and get more sound improvement.

And i design these things.
The idea of subtle nuance while the amp is running at 100% of power is a contradiction.  The room is shaking.
that in an RMS sense… it is mostly Class-A.

I think you mean in an **average** sense. RMS has to do with how we measure a wave:  peak, average, or "area under the curve" (root mean square or RMS).  It is quite different.  For a sine wave RMS = average. For complex waveforms you need to integrate to get the area.  Eek! calculus!

But your point, if i infer right, remains valid.
6 watts is quite a lot of class A power.  Given that most decently recorded music has a peak:average ratio of ~ 10 or more, that means that peaks would be 60 watts if you were, on average running in class A.

And 6W is a lot of power! (surprisingly). As a designer i put a lot of experimental (read that: could blow up) stuff in my system with very expensive speakers.  So i have fused adapters pretty much all the time.  I use 1A fuses. Which means that they blow > 8W. They never blow.
i don't really care, just trying to figure out what you were posting about and don't have the data.  was not clear what your point was....
Geez i fell like a detective, and with that data inspector Clouseau to be specific.....
per the threshold - complete the math!!  100mV across what? What's the derived current (which is what matters)?  Across the emitter resistors, which are what value? Without that you don't know the current.  Let's assume 1 ohm.  We shall assume per device, but number of parallel devices unspecified.  If nelson claimed it was A to 50 watts, that's 20V/8ohms or 2.5A; which implies 25 parallel NPN and 25 more parallel PNPs per channel -- minimum.  Some number there does not add up.
1 ohm is not uncommon with many multiple parallel devices (which is very likely there) to ensure load sharing and some additional linearity.  You may find it high, i really don't.  Seen a bunch.